About me

Welcome!

I am a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY25820) who works with adolescents, adults, couples, and multiple partner relationships. I specialize in working with individuals or their loved ones whose lives are impacted by the following:

  • Depression

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Distressing psychotic symptoms (i.e., hearing voices, beliefs not supported by evidence, paranoia)

  •  Anger Management & Acceptance

I have extensive knowledge and experience working with ethnic and sexual minorities and have knowledge and experience working with trans and gender non-conforming folks.  I am poly and kink affirmative and inclusive.

Education and Experience

I received my Doctor of Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, which is a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). During my graduate school training, I had the honor of working with a remarkably diverse range of child, adolescent, and adult clients in a variety of settings, including an LGBTQIQ-affirmative community mental health clinic, a wrap around service center providing harm-reduction based services to the homeless population of San Francisco. and both inpatient and outpatient programs for incarcerated women and men in the Los Angeles County jail system. Through my graduate school career, I found my passion in working with folks from marginalized communities who struggle with their mood, anger, and symptoms of psychosis. My dissertation explored Chicanx/Latinx* ethnic identity development among members of youth subcultures in the greater Los Angeles area.

How I work

I incorporate interventions that are collaborative, solution-focused, and based upon your needs and what you most value in therapy. I primarily implement what is known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) . Here is a link to a video that beautifully represents what this therapy stands for. In short, instead of challenging and changing the contents of your thoughts, I strive to guide you to learn to have a different relationship with them that allows you to be present for life’s joys and sorrows that allows you to live a full, connected, and engaged life. 

 

With folks who present with psychotic symptoms that interrupt their ability to feel safe, stable, and connected with family and friends, I work from what is known as the Recovery Model. I believe that all folks, including those experiencing the active symptoms of a mental illness, are capable of having meaningful and productive lives. Therefore, my approach focuses more on increasing your sense of agency and empowerment, building and improving friendships and family relationships, and helping you to connect with your life goals and dreams, rather than attempting to solely get rid of symptoms. That being said, I collaborate with psychiatrists, physicians, and community members actively and in collaboration with you will work with other professionals to ensure you receive care that meets your needs.